HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:
Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.
Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.
There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!
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After hearing about it last month, we learned this morning that Best Buy has begun to take pre-orders on the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D on the Rogers network. Canadians, this is an excellent deal – even better than if you were to purchase it through Rogers directly. The EVO 3D comes in at just $99 under a three-year contract, while the Optimus 3D is $49 with the same terms. The EVO even has an unlocked bootloader right out of the box. To those of you from the great white north, do you plan to upgrade?
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Best Buy Mobile is running an exclusive sale for one day only, and it is a dandy. You can grab the Nexus S for free, and to top it off, we are talking all three carriers that it is available on – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. It can be either as a new contract or an upgrade. Sure the Nexus Prime is around the corner, but for those that are budget minded and don’t need the latest device, the Nexus S will take care of your needs. It was released 9 months ago, and it is still one of the best Android phones out there simply because it is a Google experience device.
You have until 11:59 CST tonight to make you decision.
Press release after the break
You gotta love when a company make a little tiny change to their products, and its the one change that everyone complains about, forcing the company to plea for your forgiveness by launching other products to help ease the pain. Remember when hotels used to give free Wi-Fi? Well, similarily, if you want a kickstand for your HTC EVO 3D, you’ll need to buy the video dock, one of 3 new official accessories from HTC for the EVO 3D.
Along with the video dock (priced at $49.99), you can also get a phone cover for $19.99, and a Holster with Shield Combo for $24.99. Therefore, if you want the Wi-Fi (kickstand for the HTC EVO 3D), you’ll need to start paying for it (video dock at $49.99). At least HTC recognizes they needed to do something, unlike the Apple iPad and it’s ever-missing SD card support for expanded storage. See what I did there? Bong!
The Motorola Triumph is not supposed to be available until July 20th, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one, there are reports that Best Buy Mobile might sell you one now.
I believe the Triumph is one of those “sleeper” phones. The prepaid arena generally has a lot of low end phones, but the Triumph sports a 1GHz processor, a 4.1-inch (800 x 480) screen, and front and rear cameras for $300 with no contract. The only downside is it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, but if I was in the market for a prepaid phone, this is the one I would be buying.
For those of you that can’t wait to get your hands on the new HTC Facebook , ahem, I mean Status, you will be happy to know it is going to launch right on schedule. Shipments started arriving at Best Buy in anticipation of the July 17 launch.
Don’t jump in the car just yet as it is unlikely they will sell you one. You will just have to wait 2 more days. Can you stand the anticipation? I think I will wait for the Google+ phone, or would that be the Circles phone?
In a recent Best Buy flyer ad campaign for the newly released HP TouchPad in Canada, there’s some ‘wishful thinking’ on what OS the tablet actually runs. As seen above, the ad reads that the TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, instead of its WebOS. Big WHOOPS! Shortly after this leaked, and also after it hit every household with a Canadian address and a mailbox, they’ve retracted and made a correction notice as seen below on the website.
Conspiracy Theory #1 says = ‘Was this an attempt to boost tablet sales?’
LOL. Nice try Best Buy….nice try.
AT&T already announced the HTC Status, but did not provide pricing and availability. We can tell you that preorders have already started, and the price will be $49.99 with a two-year contract. You will be able pick one up in your local AT&T starting July 17. Again, this is the first smartphone with a dedicated Facebook button on it, but don’t worry, you can still use Google+ as well.
The features are not amazing, but for $49.99 it makes a great mid-range phone. They are:
- Platform: Android™ 2.3 + HTC Sense
- Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
- Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
- Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
- Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
- Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA front-facing camera
Best Buy Mobile will also be offering an exclusive mauve edition.
We have been hearing rumors that the Motorola Droid 3 will release in early July. It has already cleared the FCC and the Milestone 3 was already announced for a summer release in China. The most rumor was July 7th, but since that is the day that Verizon switches to tiered pricing, it does not make sense to launch a phone on the same day. So why not 1 week later?
According to a leaked Best Buy inventory screen it should be in stock for July 13th for a release on July 14th. Before you mark it in your Google Calendar, you should note that this is not official until Motorola and/or Verizon Wireless announce it. If the 14th holds, expect that announcement to be some time the week of the 4th.
We will of course report to you if this date does become official, Stay tuned.
Best Buy just announced “Music Cloud,” which is a new cloud-based streaming music service to compete with Google, Amazon, and Apple. What seperates Music Cloud from the others is that it already is compatible with Android, BlackBerry, and iOS.
There is a quick sign-up process which will grant you the ability to download the application for your desktop (PC or Mac), Android device, BlackBerry, or IPhone.
Music Cloud allows you to stream your music or cache them for offline playback. It is free if you only want to use the Best Buy Web player. If you want to stream on the go, that will cost you $4 per month.
What I want to know is if anyone is actually excited about this? Let me be the first to jump in: Not me.
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